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Old 23-06-2011, 00:35
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Old 23-06-2011, 07:24
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We bought our Atlas Saraha 2003, 35x10 caravan in September 2010. We had only gone to view one caravan before this one, which we weren't impressed with. With this one, it was love at first sight.

The lay out consists of:-

The lounge area includes built in seating, which, although not as extensive as I've been used to in caravans we have spent time in for family holidays over the years (this is only a 10ft caravan after all), will hold 5 or 6 people quite comfortably. The seat cushions are a little lacking in depth and aren't as comfortable as they could be even for me, who at 5'6' isn't overly tall. My 6' 3'' son has quite a problem with them. There is a double fold up bed integrated into the seating area.

There is a gas fire set in a fireplace with a huge mirror over the mantle piece. Two cupboards set on each of the front corners of the caravan, which hold glasses and cups etc., well, but would struggle with anything much larger.

I can't say what the fitted dining seating was like as ours had that taken out before we purchased it and now has a table and 4 chairs and two stools. Space is a little tight if there are 4 or more people sitting at the table at the same time.

The kitchen is a U-shaped kitchen with fridge and microwave space on the straight wall next to the dining area. Given that it is a u-shaped kitchen there is a shortage of storage cupboards and worktop space in my opinion. The worktop space would have been more useful in the main kitchen area if there wasn't a chrome pole running down from the very small cupboard/shelf unit at the side seperating the lounge area from the kitchen. This cuts off quite a lot of available work space.

Moving along the hall on the right is the shower room with shower (of course) and wash hand basin. The shower is a nice size and if you leave the cold water tap running in the kitchen when using the shower, no need to start fiddling with the shower taps, just turn the hot water tap and away you go.

Next on the right is a small broom cupboard.

The back door comes next and onto the cupboard holding the boiler.

Next is the toilet. The room is extremely small and quite claustrophobic. It lacks a wash hand basin which, to my mind makes the fact that it is seperate from the shower-room rather pointless as you need to go wash your hands after using.

Now for the three bedrooms.

Master bedroom has one double wardrobe and a dressing table unit with mirror above and small cupboard below. Two over head cupboards are placed above the bed. The only thing I find troublesome in this room is that there is only the one light switch, no lights over the bed.

1st twin bedroom, has no hanging wardrobe, but has got a three shelfed cupboard on the wall for storing clothes. The beds in this room are a little short, especially the one which shares its wall with the main bedroom. This has been ear-marked as my grandsons' bedroom when they stay.

2nd twin bedroom has a half-length hanging wardrobe and a one shelfed cupboard for clothes etc. The beds in this one are normal length, so more suited to adult usage. This room also has an electrical socket and mirror in place.

Even given my criticisms of our van we are still very much in love with her after using it a LOT since buying it, but as with everything you don't generally pick up on little things until you start living with them. What would greatly improve the caravan is much more storage space. (cupboards-wise) There is lots of under-seating/under-bed storage, but not much for storing things "up top".
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Old 15-04-2012, 19:47
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Your van looks very nice and very comfortable.I am looking at a 2002 Atlas Sarah Super it doesnt have double glazing and has electric panel heating do you have a rough idea of how much its worth ? Also if yours is the same no DG and Electric panel heating do you ever find it to cold to be in your van? Gilbert.
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Old 15-04-2012, 23:56
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Hi Gilbert, We don't have double glazing or any other form of heating other than the gas fire in the lounge. We find that even on the coldest nights, having the fire on full for half a hour with the bedroom doors open has everywhere in the 'van toastie warm.

As for value, I really have no idea how much ours, or yours, is worth in monetary terms, I just know ours is priceless for the pleasure we and our family get out of it.

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Pauline Thank you for your information I was a bit concerned that the lack of DG could mean a shorter season due to the cold.
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We used ours right up to the end of our site's season, (1st week in November) and although it was a bit nippy before the fire went on it was soon very cosy. The only person in our family who has a problem with feeling cold in there is my daughter, who we've always said has the genes of a cold blooded reptile mixed in with her human ones, as she's even cold when we have gone abroad to sunnier climes over the years.
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I have a Atlas Mirage it is in the same range and just about same layout as the Sahara, differences the loo is combined with the shower-room and it is only 30 foot long. Cosy vans. We benefit from having heaters already fitted in the bedrooms and bathroom. Does get warm.

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my atlas everglade super ( 2005 ) is the same nice and cosy with the fire on and with the bedroom doors open, we do have panel heaters in the bedrooms but they are useless so use helogen heaters in the bedrooms instead because even with the fire on one bar it gets a bit warm in the living room so then we have to tirn it off.
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